Maker of the Month: Tin Dizdarević of Tin Mustard

TinTin Dizdarevic, creator of Tin Mustard outside his Red Hook production facility.

Finding a partner for our pretzels that “cut the mustard” was a tall order at Manhattan Fruitier until Tin Dizdarević’s phenomenal mustard came into our lives. Tin Mustard, based in Red Hook, Brooklyn, may sound metallic but no heavy metals or preservatives are involved. Only pure, true ingredients – mustard seeds, vinegar and spices, making this namesake mustard peerless in the States, while rivaling the Dijon masters abroad. Born of necessity in the bustling kitchen of Craft Bar, Chef Tin Dizdarević, our August Maker of the Month, took his recipe to market and struck golden. We visited Tin’s new production facility recently to see his process, share recipes and learn more about his story and the art of mustard-making. Continue reading

Maker of the Month: Kings County Jerky Co. and Homemade Beef Jerky recipe

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Chris Woehrle of Kings County Beef Jerky in Brooklyn, NY.

Your run of the mill beef jerky from a highway rest stop or convenience store certainly would never win any food awards and you’ve probably been steering clear of it for years. But that’s the old story. There’s a new brand of beef jerky on the block that has attracted the attention of food critics, beef lovers, health conscious snackers and many of us who have returned to the beef jerky fold. Our June Makers of the Month, Robert Stout & Chris Woehrle of Kings County Jerky Co., are pioneers of the 21st century craft jerky movement, one that focuses on top notch ingredients and craftsmanship that your great, great grandparents would recognize.

Kings County and Co. takes the ‘mystery’ out of the meat, using only grass-fed,  top round beef, never nitrates, corn syrup or preservatives. Their jerky is an all-natural, healthy, high protein treat worthy of kings and paupers alike.

We spent some time recently with Chris Woehrle to learn more about beef jerky and the history of his company. Chris also shared with us his excellent recipe for making Kings County Beef Jerky right at home. We can’t wait to try the recipe. But if you don’t want to be a “jerk about it,” you can easily pick up some bags in our pantry. Continue reading